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5 Must-Haves You SHOULD Expect From Your Wedding Venue

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wedding venue Milwaukee WIYou have every right to set your expectations high for your wedding venue (unless you’re using Uncle Lester’s barn for free!). After all, this is the wedding setting for your big day, and—depending on your wedding schedule—may even be the venue where you say your vows and host your wedding reception. Don’t get us wrong, that doesn’t mean you can turn into a Bridezilla, but it does mean that you should include these five ‘must-haves’ on your wedding venue list:

A full tour

Note the word ‘full.’ You should get a complete tour of the reception hall before your wedding, including the place where you and your attendants would be getting ready. If you want to see the hall look its best, and get other ideas for your wedding, check to see if your preferred wedding venues host open houses. Often, you can find the open house dates on their website or social media site (1451 Renaissance Place announces upcoming open houses on their Facebook page and website.)

Pre-wedding coordination

Even if your event staff is not full-time, they should be open to assisting with coordinating your vendors. At some point before and on your wedding day, you’re going to need some assistance pulling it all together: the caterer coming in, decorating, cake drop off, etc. If you want to select those vendors, choose a venue with an open vendor policy. And if you need assistance selecting and a full-service coordination, select a venue with an event planner on staff.

Excellent service

Whether your wedding venue outsources their coat check or bar staff, or uses in-house staff, you and your guests deserve excellent service on your big day. If you as a couple would like servers exclusive to your event, look for a wedding venue that hosts one event at a time. Once you find the venue, if you have any special requests for them, discuss your requests with them as early as possible in the planning.

A contact on the day of the wedding

Emergencies happen, even on your wedding day. The cake drop off time changes. Your entertainment act needs more than anticipated. This is when it’s nice to have a contact that can be reached at any time on your wedding day—and only one contact.

A reply to your initial inquiry

You shouldn’t have to call multiple times or send tons of Facebook messages to get a response from your wedding venue. Once you identify the area or areas you want to get married in, start contacting wedding venues about your preferred date (or dates). If you want to get married in Milwaukee, contact 1451 Renaissance Place via email or on our Facebook page. We can give you everything you should expect in a wedding venue—and more.

15 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Venue

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wedding day venueA wedding venue is one of the most significant parts, and one of the biggest decisions, of your wedding day. Your wedding venue provides the inspiration to plan the rest of your details—the cake, event décor, lighting, table coverings, wedding favors, even your dress. Think about it; you’d choose different décor for a barn wedding than for an elegant reception hall. That’s why it’s so important to ask every wedding venue you are considering these 15 questions; the answers help you choose the perfect venue for your big day, and give you a base to work off of as you set all your other wedding details in stone. A little bit of knowledge now can also save you from a big mistake later, when you didn’t know a key detail that costs you your hard-earned funds, or your wedding planning sanity.

  1. What dates are available during the month/season I am considering? OR Is the date I am considering available?
  2. What are your venue rates? What length of time does that rate cover? What is included in the rate?
  3. How many events are held at your venue at the same time?
  4. How many people can your venue accommodate? How many can be seated at dinner?
  5. Do you offer event/wedding planning services?
  6. Do you have preferred vendors I have to use? Or does your venue have an open vendor policy (which means you can bring in whatever vendors you want)?
  7. Can I have my wedding ceremony and reception there?
  8. What is your alcohol policy? Is it provided or do I have to bring it in?
  9. Do you offer free parking?
  10. Are you wheelchair accessible?
  11. What type of staff will be in attendance during my event? Will there be an on-site coordinator?
  12. Do you have liability insurance? (Covers you in case of an on-site injury.)
  13. What is the cancellation policy?
  14. Are there on-site or nearby rooms for my out-of-town guests?
  15. When can I see your venue in person?

wedding venue questionsIf you have any other questions, or you want to see 1451 Renaissance Place, an elegant, historic reception hall in Milwaukee, contact us or ask us on our Facebook page. We have experienced staff members that can answer questions about our wedding venue and your big day. This is one time in your life when you can’t ask too many questions; you need to make a serious inquiry to ensure that you’ve selected the right wedding venue for your once-in-a-lifetime day.